Netflix and video games: possible subscription with games catalog in 2022

Netflix and video games: possible subscription with games catalog in 2022

Netflix and video games

Netflix seems to be aiming in some way at video games, based on further information that has emerged recently and goes to corroborate rumors already reported in recent days, in particular on the launch of a mixed offer of games and video content for subscribers .

We saw last week the fact that Netflix was looking for an executive to expand into the world of video games, which is further confirmed by other sources by Reuters. It is not clear whether a real division dedicated to video game development and production is planned, but the creation of a catalog of games to be offered through a new type of subscription seems likely.

Netflix seems increasingly convinced of expand towards the distribution of subscription video games According to what Axios collected and reported by The Verge, it seems that Netflix is ​​planning a sort of "smaller Apple Arcade" to offer to subscribers: it would be a subscription containing a catalog of video games, with some original productions.

The service may reportedly include IP-related games already in Netflix's video catalog and smaller titles commissioned from indie developers. In practice, we could find ourselves in games connected to TV series such as Castlevania, Resident Evil and The Witcher, as well as original productions but of an indie scale, always linked to IP in the possession of Netflix.

It seems that the service in question is expected to come out in the course of 2022, but there is still no official information about it. It is also unclear whether it is intended to be a streaming or download service and on which devices it can be used. It would certainly be curious to see Netflix, often used as a comparison for subscription-based services such as Xbox Game Pass, truly move to the frontline video game offering.

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Netflix considering tackling Apple Arcade with its own gaming service

Streaming video giant Netflix is reportedly developing a videogame service that sources describe as being similar to Apple Arcade.

Following initial reports that Netflix has been working to recruit game industry executives, more information has emerged about its potential plans for a gaming platform. A videogames service would be intended to build on both Netflix's 200 million subscribers, but also its previous efforts making a game around the show 'Stranger Things.'

According to Axios, two unnamed sources now say that the plans should be thought of 'as a smaller Apple Arcade.' It would be an ad-free collection of mobile games, exclusive to Netflix subscribers.

The sources stress that the plans are in early stages, and a launch is not expected before 2022 at the earliest. However, they also say that the games would be a mixture of newly commissioned titles, and games based on Netflix shows.

It's not decided yet whether the new commissions will go to existing games companies, or whether Netflix will develop them all in-house.

Netflix has not announced any direct plans, but did say in a statement that it has previously had success with games such as 'Stranger Things,' 'La Casa de Papei,' and more. 'So we are excited to do more with interactive entertainment,' it said.

The video streamer is currently subscribed to by around 50% of US households, but has been facing more competition from Disney+ and other services.

Currently, Netflix costs from $8.99 per month. Apple Arcade is available on its own for $4.99 per month, or in all tiers of the Apple One bundle. That offers Apple Arcade plus Apple Music and Apple TV+ from $14.95 per month.

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